The first patients will be treated in the new Tamworth Hospital Emergency Department today.
The Emergency Department staff moved the service to the new hospital building at 8am this morning.
Tamworth Hospital General Manager Brad Hansen said from today all community members will need to attend the new Emergency Department off Dean St.
“It’s important that people who need urgent medical attention get the treatment they need, so I urge anyone who needs emergency care to please call ‘000’ for an Ambulance,” Mr Hansen said.
“The NSW Ambulance Service paramedics know how to reach the new Emergency Department.
“If you choose to drive yourself or a loved one to the Emergency Department, please drive to the top of Dean St and turn right at the roundabout. The road will take you directly to the Emergency Department entrance. There are clear signs on Dean St to show the way.”
A turning circle is available in front of the Emergency Department where drivers can set down patients before parking in Car Park B – the closest car park to the Emergency Department.
Plans are in place to ensure any patients who arrive at the old Emergency Department this week will be redirected to the new unit by volunteers.
“The volunteers will be stationed outside the old Emergency Department today, Thursday and Friday to ensure patients and visitors can be quickly redirected to the new Emergency Department for care,” Mr Hansen said.
For more information please visit the Hunter New England Health website - www.hnehealth.nsw.gov.au. The website provides a range of resources for the community including a fact sheet showing the location of the new emergency department and an up-to-date map of Tamworth Health Service.
The $211 million Tamworth Hospital Redevelopment Stage 2 project is funded by $91 million from the NSW Government and $120 million from the Australian Government’s Health and Hospitals Fund.